Thursday, 30 September 2010

Special Report on Hong Kong Fashion 2010 - Leather Hobo Shoulder Bags

The team from The Real Handbag Shop took a trip to the fabulous neon city of Hong Kong to seek out the latest fashion trends for clothes and handbags where East meets West in a dynamic fusion of cultures. The recent history of Hong Kong is fairly well documented; the United Kingdom handed over Hong Kong to The People’s Republic of China after more than a century of British rule following the Opium Wars, excepting a brief period of Japanese occupation in the 1940s. The unique way in which Hong Kong has evolved has led it from being a modest fishing village, to a major trading ground, to a military port of strategic importance and finally to becoming an international finance centre.

It is no surprise therefore to see an eclectic mix of both western shops and eastern stores in the many of the vast shopping areas throughout the city. Canton Road houses the flagship stores of the world’s super brands. Here you’ll find Hermes, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Joyce, Boss, Emporio Armani, Lane Crawford, Salvatore Ferragamo, Coach and Shanghai Tang to name but a few. If you can’t resist high value luxury products which come with high value luxury prices to match, you might also want to take a stroll along the infamous Nathan Road, otherwise known as the Golden Mile of Asia.

In Hong Kong, the Military look with buttons and studs starts to take on a more modern army flavour with shades of green and khaki coming onto the fashion scene along with camouflage print tops. Three-quarter length jeans and skinny trousers are popular and show off the latest ankle boots. Leather accessories are green, black or brown to blend in.

Chiffon Dress HK$1,680 Religeon                    Olive Leather Jacket HK$4,990 Cecilia de Bucourt
Chiffon Shirt HK$2,690 Robert Rodriguez        Sequin Dress HK$4,990 Robert Rodriguez
Silver Necklaces HK1,050 A’teen London       Gold Jewel Cuff HK$2,990 Anton Heunis
Black Leather Ankle Boots HK$2,890 Ash      Black Leather Ankle Boots HK$2,890 Ash
All available from SEIBU

Mini dresses or long shirts are being worn with bare legs and often decorative socks peep over the top of ankle boots. Delicate and feminine floral prints on dresses and blouses touch on the Victorian era. Shorts are still de rigueur and the shops are stocking up on tights ready for the onset of autumn. Boots come in all sizes from ankle to thigh; choose from solid leather biker buckle styles, high heeled suede with feminine laces or flat and snugly with sheep-skin lining.

Casual dressing in Hong Kong seems to have gone back in the past with the grungy vibe of the 1990s given a contemporary twist. Visualise chunky knits in camels and browns. For the younger generation denim jeans are dark blue and skinny; no other colour or shape will do. Printed vest t-shirts, often with slogans in English give a nod to the influence of rock music and checked shirts are overlaid as the weather gets colder. Leather jackets are a must-have.

Hobo shaped shoulder bags are all the rage from small and dainty to vastly oversize. Sadly, the range of handbags in Hong Kong is somewhat limited as the choice is either very expensive designer brand or conversely, very cheap knock-offs from the market stalls; there is very little if you want quality leather in a mid-range price. With this in mind, here are our suggestions for great looking hobo shoulder bags for the fashionistas of Hong Kong:

  All available from THE REAL HANDBAG SHOP

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